Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre Voice
During her 20+ years as a teacher, music director, and performing artist, Johnna has had the pleasure of music-directing and coaching professional artists as well as teaching amateur sudents at both the primary and secondary levels of their education. Her musical career, as both a performer and music director, has taken her to both coasts and almost everywhere in between.
Johnna is an assistant professor of Musical Theatre-Voice for Ball State University, where she teaches music theory, studio voice, and is music director for the Cabaret class, which is featured annually at the nationally renowned Columbia Club in downtown Indianapolis. In the spring of 2014, she was invited to sing at Joe’s Pub in New York City with the Senior Cabaret artists, under the guidance of multiple Tony winner and Ball State faculty member, Sutton Foster. This year she will be teaching and acting as music director for the senior cabaret alongside Ms. Foster.
She was one of the music directors for the premiere season of the Discovery New Musical Theatre Festival, produced by Ball State, in the summer of 2014. This fall, she will music direct and assist with the continuing development of the winning submission from the festival, which will be performed in the 2015-16 season for Ball State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance.
Johnna holds a bachelor’s degree in Voice Performance from Simpson College, Indianola, IA, and a master’s degree, also in Voice Performance, from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association and National Association of Teachers of Singing.